Mets Game 84: Win Over Yankees

Mets 3 Yankees 2

The Mets eke one out and return to the Flushing .500.

Mets Game Notes

Gotta love the fight in the 2011 Mets, who tied up the game in the ninth inning against the human eraser known as Mariano Rivera; it was Rivera’s fourth blown save of the year. His cutter was pretty flat — it was “cutting” sideways but didn’t have much downward bite. Still, he was mostly keeping it at the knees so it wasn’t easy to hit. Ronny Paulino, whose pinch-hit single tied the game in the ninth, took the right approach of waiting on the pitch, taking a controlled swing, and punching it to the right side. There really isn’t much else a righthanded hitter can do with that pitch.

R.A. Dickey pitched well but was removed after five frames due to a pain the butt strained gluteus maximus. The injury is considered minor and he is expected to make his next start.

It was great to see Jason Bay drive in the winning run in front of 40,000+ at Citi Field. Bay has had such a tough year, he needs a few big hits like this to keep the Mets fans on his side.

It didn’t seem like it at the time, but Pedro Beato‘s two scoreless innings in relief of Dickey were huge.

Big day for Dan Murphy, who had three hits and an RBI.

Derek Jeter replacement Ramiro Pena made two critical errors in the final innings. If George Steinbrenner were still alive, Pena would have been Bobby Meachamed for sure.

Next Mets Game

The Mets move on to the Left Coast to play the Dodgers on Independence Day. Chris Capuano goes to the hill against Ted Lilly. Game time is 9:10 PM EST.

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  1. John July 4, 2011 at 9:38 am
    When Wright and (if) Davis come back how do you find at bats for Murphy? This guy can hit. And I think he will hit for a little more power as time goes on. But I don’t see where you play him. I am really thinking that this off season may be the time to move Wright. He has never really been the same since he got beaned. You got to think that one of Flores, Marte or Rodriguez will pan out in three or four years. Murphy would be a more than adequate third baseman for those years.
    I think Wright could use a change of scenery and if I have to tie up salary for the next few years I think I would rather have Reyes. Wright should command at least one high level pitching prospect.